Mount Women's Basketball Hosts Sacred Heart on Saturday Evening

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opening tip... Saturday's game between Mount St. Mary's and Sacred Heart marks the 25th meeting in the all-time series dating back to the 1999-2000 season.
• Sacred Heart owns a 22-4 advantage in the series , including a win last season, 72-54.
• Mount St. Mary's last win in the series came all the way back in 2008, when the Mountaineers won 74-63 in Emmitsburg.

about the pioneers... Sacred Heart comes into the contest 13-7 overall and 5-3 in Northeast Conference after defeating Bryant 62-44 at home on  Monday.
• Senior G Kiley Evans paced the Pioneers with 26 points. The senior guard recorded her 1000th point of her career in the contest. Evans scored 19 points in a 56-42 win over Monmouth on Jan. 26. Evans lead all scorers with 26 points.
• Sophomore G Gabriele Washington added nine points and six rebounds against Bryant. Washington scored 24 points in a 56-42 win over Monmouth on Jan. 26.  Washington leads the team  with 16.0 points and also chips in 4.2 rebounds per game this season.
• Sophomore F Blair Koniszewski also scored nine points on Monday. She scored 11 points in a 71-50 over St. Francis Pa. on Jan. 19. She is averaging 8.4 points per game for the Pioneers.

last time we met...  Jessie Kaufman scored ten points to lead Mount St. Mary's in a 72-54 loss on Jan. 28, 2012. Rachel Mathews added nine points for the Mount. Selina Mann chipped five points along with ten rebounds, five assists and three steals. Kiley Evans led all scorers with 19 points. Callan Taylor added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Pioneers and Blair Koniszewski registered 12 points.

quick hits on wagner game.. The Mount downed the Seahawks on Monday evening in Emmitsburg, 73-58. The Mount took the lead early in the game and never looked back.
• The Mount took a 17-point lead at halftime by shooting a scintillating 55.2 percent from the field.  
• Redshirt Junior Sydney Henderson paced the Mount with 19 points. Henderson also lead the Mount with eight rebounds. The redshirt junior is averaging 14.2 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds over her last five games.
• Sophomore Rachel Mathews added a career- high 14 points, along with six rebounds, two assists and one steal against Wagner. The sophomore is averaging 7.4 points over her last five games.
• Senior Tara Lonergan also had a career night against Wagner. The senior had a career-high 15 points, along with seven rebounds and two blocks. She is averaging 10.0 points per game and is shooting 51.3 percent from the field over the last five games.
• Senior Selina Mann finished with five assists and six steals in the contest. She became the second player in program history to have 300 steals and 300 assists in a career. She sits at 306 steals and 395 assists.
• The Seahawks used a second half run to cut the lead to 11 points, but the Mount held on down the stretch to win the game.
• Mount St. Mary's won the first game of their three game homestand.

next on tap... The Mount wraps up its three-game homestand on Monday against Quinnipiac.
• The Mount will start a two game road swing against St. Francis Pa. and Wagner on Saturday.
• The Mountaineers will have seven of its last 12 games at Knott Arena.

nec hall of fame... Former Mount women's basketball standout and head coach Vanessa Blair has been elected into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame.
• Blair joins legendary former Mount head coach Jim Phelan and track & field athlete Peter Rono in the NEC Hall of Fame. Phelan and Rono were a part of the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2011.
• Blair still stands as the Mount's career blocks leader with 242 and ranks seventh in points (1,488), third in rebounds (849), sixth in steals (241), fourth in free throws made (370) and second in free throw attempts (588).
• Blair will receive her NEC Hall of Fame plague on Feb. 16 during the Mount's doubleheader against Central Connecticut State.

women in sports celebration... Mount St. Mary's will be celebrating Women In Sports Day on Feb. 16.
• Forty-years ago, the Mount admitted women for the first time. It is also the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, but the Mount made the decision to admit women before the legislation was past.
• As part of the celebration, the Mount will honor 40 former Mount female student-athletes for their achievements as athletes and those that have pursued a career in athletics after graduation.
• Mount St. Mary's has invited every former female student-athlete to the day's celebration.